Undersherrif Ron Trowbridge of Colorado has issued a viral letter detailing his first hand account of a terrorism training course that described those who are anti-government or take the the Bible literally as ‘citizen terrorists’.
The topic of ‘sovereign citizens’ was integral to during the presentation attended by Trowbridge and equally summarized in his letter, a citizen movement that the DHS describes as citizens of the United States who have decided that they do not support what the government is doing and have become ‘separate’ from the United States. A definition that Trowbridge says is rapidly expanding to include Christians, those who do not like where the government is headed, and those who think that this country was founded on Biblical (or even just moral) principals.
The ever-transforming definition given by the FBI and other agencies can easily encompass many ‘anti-government’ activists who do not agree with the federal government. As a result, the media enjoys labeling those who question politicians or the corruption in government as ‘sovereign citizens’ to therefore associate such individuals with a negative label. In the recent past, the FBI has classified so-called sovereign citizens as terrorists after previously stating that sovereign citizens overall were not to be “confused with extremists from the militia movement.”
But Trowbridge says he heard an even more concerning description of what makes a ‘sovereign citizen terrorist’ in the eyes of the government.
According to the report by the veteran officer, he was forced to speak out after hearing the description of what makes a ‘terrorist’ at his training meeting with State Police officials in Colorado — similar to those popping up around the country. There, he says that State Patrol Trooper Joe Kluczynski classified the sovereign citizen terrorists as “those who believe America was founded on godly principles, Christians who take the Bible literally, and ‘fundamentalists’.” The undersherrif details in his letter:
“Kluczynski did not explain what he meant by ‘fundamentalists’ but from the context it was clear he was referring again to those who took the Bible literally or ‘too seriously.”
The letter then goes on to explain that while Kluczynski said these individuals have their ‘right to belief’, they needed to be monitored by law enforcement and other government organizations. In other words, you can have your ‘rights’, you just will be constantly surveilled by government to ensure that you aren’t a terrorist.
While not surprising, Kluczynski is reported to now have received a promotion to work for the DHS.